Nine miles (14.4km) from its source, the River Eden reaches Kirkby Stephen, a small town at the centre of big walking country. Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route and Lady Anne’s Way go right through Kirkby Stephen while nearby are the Eden Way, Pennine Journey, Dales High Way and Yoredale Way.

A few miles north of Kirkby Stephen is Brough whose location, close to the Pennines, helped it to become a major centre for the sale of livestock in the 18th and 19th centuries.

West along the A66 is Appleby, once the county town of Westmorland, now best known for the horse fair which draws thousands of people here every June. The A66 by-passes Appleby but the River Eden loops right through it before heading north west towards the Solway.

As it does so it passes villages like Temple Sowerby, Great Salkeld, Kirkoswald, Armathwaite and Wetheral. Close to the river - for much of its way - is the Settle to Carlisle railway line while to the east is the long, loping outline of the Pennines.

Attractions

Information

Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4QN: 017683 71199, www.visituppereden.org.uk

Appleby Tourist Information Centre, Moot Hall, Boroughgate, Appleby CA16 6XE: 017683 51177.

Kirkby Stephen website: www.kirkby-stephen.com

Appleby website: www.visitappleby.com

Visit Eden website: www.visiteden.co.uk

Walk Eden website: www.walkeden.org

Ravenstonedale website: www.ravenstonedale.org

Orton website: www.orton.org.uk

Train. Kirkby Stephen West station is on the Settle to Carlisle railway line (www.settle-carlisle.co.uk), over one mile (1.6km) from the town. Appleby is one of the main stations on the same line. There are also stations on the Settle to Carlisle line at Langwathby, Lazonby and Armathwaite.

Market days: Monday in Kirkby Stephen, Saturday in Appleby.

Brough farmers’ market: www.broughfarmersmarket.org.uk Third Saturday of the month.

Orton farmers’ market: www.ortonfarmers.co.uk Second Saturday of the month.

Sheepfolds: www.sheepfoldscumbria.co.uk This major public art project in Cumbria (1996-2003) saw the creation of almost 50 individual sculptures by the renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy. Many Sheepfolds lie in the east of the county in places such as Brough, Crosby Ravensworth, Casterton, Warcop, Outhgill and Melmerby.

Cumbria Classic Coaches, Bowber Head, Ravenstonedale CA17 4NL: 015396 23254. Classic wedding transport, private and corporate hiring and some TV work is the main business of this vintage bus company, set up in 1998. Year round and seasonal services too.

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